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Zenith Paperback – 2 Feb 2007

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Young Picador (2 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230015344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230015340
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,146,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'awesome: a collection of characters we learn to love, a vivid sense of
time and place, a page-turning adventure. -- The Herald, January 27th 2007

'For all those who enjoyed Philip Pullman's Dark Materials
trilogy...terrific storytelling power, an ambitious and intellectually
stimulating novel.' -- Lovereading4kids, March 2007

'I was transfixed by the poetic vision of Julie Bertagna's Zenith.
A breathtaking sequel.' -- The Bookseller, November 17th 2006

'so vivid is Bertagna's writing, so urgent her narrative... Exodus
and Zenith are like two chapters in some magnificent epic.' -- Mark Fisher, Scotland On Sunday, February 18th 2007

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A novel of extraordinary imaginative vision and emotional power – ZENITH is the eagerly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, bestselling EXODUS.

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I was moved to tears by Exodus and couldn't wait for Zenith to be published. One of the things that I loved about Exodus was the narrative perspective of the main character, Mara, so I found it a bit difficult at first to adjust to the multiple narrative focuses, including Fox, Mara's lover now separated from her. But the effect was to make their separation, and their separate narratives of discovery, all the more moving.

Exodus explored three very inventive spaces: an island at the end of the world, a refugee camp and strange survivors' underground area beneath a Sky city, and the futuristic Sky city itself. Zenith has a broader canvas, one filled with incredible wonders that are reminiscent of the discoveries made by Ged in the Earthsea books: a ramshackle floating pirate city who worship Colonel Sanders, a cargo cult in the Far North with caves closed by car doors, an ice cave that opens onto the top of the world. It's so richly imagined that it's hard to believe it's not real.

Part of the reason for that is Bertagna's gorgeous prose, which is unafraid to be lyrical and equally unafraid to get its hands dirty, particularly in an astonishing sequence near the end that seemed so brave and wonderful for a young adult's book (I won't give a spoiler). The ending, in which three new perspectives emerge, seems full of hard-earned promise: a triumph for a book which began with loss, disaster and despair.
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Once again, Mara is setting sail, fleeing from one unstable place to the promise of others. Again she is headed north and again she is bringing bedraggled and hopeful survivors with her. Everyone is searching for the same thing. A safe place. A home. Land.

In a world where global warming has melted all of the polar ice caps and the world has been flooded, there doesn't seem to be much to hope for anymore. Mara led her family and friends north only to find that the New World city of New Mungo wasn't the salvation they had hoped for. Mara's cyberworld friend, Fox, has stayed behind to battle the corruption, while she sails north with Rowan, the Treenesters, the Urchins, and other escapees from New Mungo in search of the land Mara is sure exists.

Along the way, Mara will meet Tuck, a boy who has only ever lived on the sea. He lives on a floating "city" of connected boats, barges, and bridges, among people with a history of piracy. The navigational course that Fox programmed for Mara's ship didn't include such a civilization - and the ship causes damage to Tuck's people. He joins his people in pursuing the great ship with vengeance in his mind.

But, Tuck's people aren't the biggest threat facing Mara and the refugees of New Mungo. The safety of a distant land may also offer more danger than they ever imagined. And the very act of living is a hard-earned accomplishment as lives are won and lost in this inhospitable new world.

ZENITH is an exciting sequel to EXODUS; I found it to be even more intense and thrilling than the first novel. Julie Bertagna continues to describe a world that could be all too real if threats of global warming aren't taken to heart.

Reviewed by: JodiG.
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Read the first when I was perhaps 14 or so, whereas I am now 22. Therefore, part of my decreased admiration for this sequel could be age related. I don't think my taste is entirely different though, and I have read other reviews which compare the two and remark also that Exodus was much better.

I would recommend to almost anyone giving the first book a go. This one? Probably no one. I got around half way, perhaps a bit further, and I had to give up on it. I was too bored and disinterested, and I no-longer really admired or liked any of the characters who were present.
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I was torn between giving this 3 or 4 stars for a few reasons.

I really enjoyed this book after reading Exodus and so I didn't want to give it a low score. However
I was left feeling a little disappointed even though I enjoyed it. I was as you may have guessed left with real mixed feelings. The story really didn't go in the direction I thought it would, I never imagined a floating pirate city or the
very unwellcoming inhabittants of Greenland. I found it exciting because I naievely figured that once they
reached land it would be happy every after! How wrong was I. One thing I love about both books is that awful things do happen. In a lot of young adult books they pretend at bad things happen, people die but then oh no wait they're fine.
In Julie Bertagnas books you feel the tension when reading because you know that bad things will happen to
some of your favourite characters. I loved two particular characters who I won't name so as not to give anything away.
And I really wanted to cry when they didn't make it.

This book was definately not going to get 5 stars just for the ending. It lacked so much and it took me a while to figure out that the author haad jumped many years into the future. I'm guessing atleast 15 years. But it happened very suddenly and really made no sense to me. Thankfully this was just the last few pages so it didn't spoil too much of the book.
Exodus left me desperate to read Zenith, and although I am eager to read Aurora, not so much as I thought I would.
This ending just really didn't tell us much of anything, or explain it. I felt it was all too fractured and didn't really flow at all, and is this Clay character who I think it may be? Thats something I badly want to find out.
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